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Title: Antique 40's sewing machine
Post by: tastethesky7 on May 25, 2007 12:29:47 PM
*Moderators: If this is in the wrong place, i'm very sorry for the confusion  :-[*

Hello, there! I just felt so excited at my find, I needed to share it with someone, and I felt that the "someone" who would understand it best was Craftster!

So rewind a day or two from today...

...I am searching through my attic because, well, it's interesting to me.  Even though it's musty-smelling it's fun to see all of my parents' high school yearbooks, furniture from their old house and so on and so forth.

My mother has told me that she got a small sewing machine a while back from my great-grandmother for some event or purpose and it should be tucked away in said attic.  I have envisioned a sewing machine from nowadays-ish that's you know, small, white, "conveniently travel-sized!" or something of the sort.  So I'm searching through old stuff, seeing no manufacturer's box for a sewing machine.  All of a sudden, I see a small, dusty, black case.  I can't undo the latches on it in the attic (no room), so I bring it outside into the bonus room, thinking it's something mundane and boring like tax files or returns or something.

I wipe off the case with a couple Kleenex and open the case to find...
Of course, I am surprised because it is not what I had in mind at all.  In the tray that sits on top of the sewing machine, there are two needlepoint pincushions that my great-grandma had made, some old elastic, a couple spools of thread, and all the different feet and parts to the sewing machine.  I sat there for hours sorting through the pincushions because probably, hmm, 50 or 60 pins and needles had gotten pushed into the middle of the cushions, so I had to push them out!

Also, I looked at the instruction manual and the latest copyright date was 1941!  Evidently, it is a Singer portable electric sewing machine, Model 221-1.  Anyhoo, I am so excited at this find!  It's so cool to find something like this decades after the fact.

I found this photo online (it's not MY blog)--> (  Scroll down for the entry...

Thanks for reading my rant about sewing machines, you guys.

tastethesky7 ♥

Title: Re: Antique 40's sewing machine
Post by: bluwave06 on May 25, 2007 02:40:56 PM
Nice Find, it looks to be in good condtion! I found an antique sew gem sewing machine at our local boy scout sale two weeks ago. As soon as I saw it I had to grab it before any one else did. Who doesn't like an antique sewing machine?!

Title: Re: Antique 40's sewing machine
Post by: marypoppins on May 25, 2007 02:43:58 PM
Congratulations!  I too love to hunt through the attic in search of cool stuff.  You never know what you will find.  Best time I ever had was helping family clear out an old warehouse.  We found boxes of stuff including the family bible.  It was so old the pictures in the middle were tin-type.  I tried to claim the Singer treadle machine but at the time I was living with my mother and didn't have anywhere to store it.  Enjoy your find!

Title: Re: Antique 40's sewing machine
Post by: MercGirl1963 on May 26, 2007 06:10:13 PM
You have hit the motherload with this find.  What you have found is a Singer Featherweight.  THey are the most sought after of vintage sewing machines. 
here is  a website with some great information.

and here is another

you have about a $500 dollar machine there.

Great find I am so envious!